In Studio with WIP - Our Brief Selves Series
The key to the future is in the remnants of the past. You have to identify the idioms of your own time before you can have any identity in the present tense
— Bob Dylan


Deborah Bakos is an abstract painter and a public art maker based in Vancouver. She was born and raised on the West Coast of British Columbia and has spent her adulthood living and working in large urban environments including Toronto, Canada and Istanbul, Turkey where she painted and exhibited with local artists. Her memory laden work is a reflection of time spent in these gritty, energy-filled, geometric spaces. Deborah holds a Certificate of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University and Bachelor of Education in English and Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.

"Painting is a form of problem solving and a means for me to answer questions about existence and the passage of time.  My current work in oil and cold wax is about the internal world of selective memory and nostalgia. I  paint on enlarged ink-jet photos of found and personal photographs, altering their contexts and re-imaging them in future, abstracted environments. This is my attempt to resurrect, with renewed purpose, forgotten moments and realities obscurred by time and perspective.  Geometric forms are prominent in my work because they conjure architectural and interior spaces where I set my figures. They are the tie to my former non-representation work.  Gestural mark making is also part of my practise. I use it throughout my painting process to record symbols and forms related to contemporary media, gender politics and with traditional stereotypes". 

Currently part of a vibrant community of artists in East Vancouver and a founding member of the collective, Parker Art Salon, Deborah exhibits her work locally and internationally. Along with her studio / exhibition practice, she also provides workshops and painting demonstrations. She also works collaborratively with her art community: Her latest project with the all-female mural group 13 Feet off the Ground, was a month long art residency in Sicily where she painted a geometric abstract love letter in homage to Italian Artist Alighieri Boetti. Deborah's writing about art and her community has been published by the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Vancouver Sun and by the University of Victoria Centre for Addictions Research. Deborah’s work can be found in local corporate collections and in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.